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Coffee By Design

620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
+1 207-772-5533
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We make a point of stopping here on our way up the coast to buy coffee beans. This time around the beans were stale and the coffee tasteless. The brewed product? Looked like light brown water no matter how much coffee was used.

Thank FormerChicagoGal
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We stopped by to try some coffee, and the manager was generous enough to give us a brief tour of the roasting facilities. The coffee was phenomenal, too.

Thank Jeremy D
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Love the arts district and have a favorite vegan restaurant on Congress. We usually frequent the local chain coffee house when in the area. We found a parking spot close to COFEE BY DESIGN and decided to try it out. We are coffee aficionados and,...More

Thank claudepig
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Portland has the best coffee houses in the country. Try a different one every day like I did. This place was great!

Thank JCM212
Reviewed 31 July 2017

As a one-day event on Monday July 31st (I've heard rumors of others to come!), we stopped in to taste the manager's designed "Butter Beer" which is perfect for youngsters and those "young-at-heart"! This noncaffinated,nonalcoholic drink is not overly sweet but refreshing and satisfying with...More

Thank Liz811
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We love this coffee! We just had breakfast at a neat restaurant around the corner, but we needed this coffee!!!! Great local brew!!!

Thank Tileman1213
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Had the coffee at the location in Freeport and liked it so much we sought out an outlet in Portland to buy beans. Staff called the Freeport location for me to find out which coffee they had been serving and recommended another variety too.

Thank PatE57
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Brilliant place to make a stop while on Portland. Their coffee is great as well as their chai latte.

Thank rdrib
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

A cool coffee shop (the original location) on a busy street, with a nice, quiet ambience and great coffee to go along with it. I'd certainly come back here a lot if I lived here. I highly recommend.

Thank Joey613
Reviewed 23 February 2017

There are 3 main locations for CBD. This one is their original location. It is perfectly located for the art students that frequent the area. Let me characterize the places: Congress St - college students; India St - the student's professors; Washington Ave - young...More

Thank astro005
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Greg K
31 July 2015|
Response from MGordonCharlotte_NC | Reviewed this property |
Not sure...think a call to the management is needed for that. Enjoy.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 19:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-5533
Coffee By Design, a Maine owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is dedicated to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time by providing customers with sustainably sourced, traceable coffee. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear were named Maine SBA Small Business Person of the Year, 2014. In addition to serving some of the world's finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and the community.
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